Olympic Cocktails: China Inspired Drinks for Beijing 2008

This is really just a rehash of a post I made over at E-Gullet.  If you saw my post already no need to read further.


So cute, but she can’t sing! So plain, but what a voice!  The unfortunate Lin Miaoke and Yang Peiyi.

There may be people out there who got all excited about the Beijing Olympics, purchased an extra big television, invited both of their friends over, then suddenly realized they had no idea what to mix up as their Chinese-themed Olympic cocktail.  Since this blog has featured a few Chinese-themed drinks, I thought I would dust them off and line them up for the world to appreciate.

This is just a simple little listing.  Links to all vaguely Chinese drinks I have blogged about are listed below.  I have not worried about whether they were Yang Peilis or Lin Miaokes.  Perfect or imperfect, every cocktail made the cut.  While tough, I have tried to avoid getting too excited.  I resisted the temptation to imitate the opening ceremony choreographers and list an auspicious 2008 drinks.  I knew that if I started down that route I would only end up going still further and shooting for 5,000 cocktails, one for each year of China’s long and glorious history.  No, this is just a simple little list, warts, crooked teeth, and all.  Consider it an Uncle Zhang in his underpants kind of list.

China Blue: An authentic Chinese themed cocktail from Asia. This drink may have really been invented in Japan, but it is a staple drink in Japanese bars in China and Taiwan.

Fort Zeelandia Cocktail: My own invention, more Taiwanese than Chinese themed, and a bit of a pain to make since it involves infusing Genever with Oolong tea.  Worth the trouble though.

Shanghai Cocktail:   A retro offering that seems to date from the early 20th Century.  Surprisingly you can still order this at a few bars in Shanghai.  Though I like to say ‘still’, it could just as easily have arrived in Shangai during the last couple of decades when some local barman flicked through a cocktail manual and found it.  However, judging by the grubby state of some of the menus that list the drink I would say it has been served in Shanghai for at least a decade or two.  They tend to make it with Pernod instead of anisette though.  A sort of slightly sweet, anise spiked rum punch.   Not bad if you have the anisette handy.


The Flying Tiger: A drink that celebrates Sino-U.S. friendship.  This one is named after the US volunteer aviation unit based in South-West China during the Sino-Japanese war.  This is another of those drinks that mix rum and gin, with interesting results.


Chysanthenum and Puer Tea Infused Pisco Sour: An invention of mine.  The fact that I only made it once or twice may indicate it needs a little refinement.


Five drinks to choose from there.  Not too bad.

One Response to “Olympic Cocktails: China Inspired Drinks for Beijing 2008”

  1. MyLaowai Says:

    :) Viva la Revolution!

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